Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Kansas City’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary with a special concert in the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112) at 4pm on Saturday May 18.
This performance will be an overview of material from the group’s ten year history and will include traditional Balinese repertoire and original compositions by ensemble founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa and current ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway.
This concert will also feature visual images by fellow Studio Resident Jennifer Williams and shadow imagery by past Studio Resident Nihan Yesil.
The event is FREE and open to the public; a $10 donation is suggested. Receive a free CD with your donation: Gamelan Genta Kasturi’s “Kembang Anyar”.
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We were honored to have a crew from TVOne – Jakarta, Indonesia come to our rehearsal on March 16 and film us performing Angels & Demons at Play, Catur Rawita and Kebyar Ding. They then interviewed ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway and ensemble member Berend Niehorster-Cook.
Reporter Dindi Tartika and cameraman Agung were accompanied by Lauren Jackman representing the State Department. The crew is in the US working on a feature piece on corruption and have visited Washington DC, Kansas City and were preparing to move on to Chicago. An additional feature on the influence of Indonesian culture in the US is also on their to-do list, thus their work with Gamelan Genta Kasturi. Also in attendance was Marti Wilson with the Indonesian Association of Greater Kansas City and her son Bayu.
We all had a great time and really appreciated them visiting us and documenting what we are doing thanks to Charlotte Street Foundation and the Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.
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Gamelan Genta Kasturi had a good turn out for our Open Studios Performance on Sat Mar 9 in the Black Box Theater at Town Pavilion. About fifty people came out and received an overvue of Balinese gamelan music including a new creation Beleganjur composed by ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway, Catur Rawita composed for the group by ensemble founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Blossoming Dance also by Conway, Kebyar Ding (1928) by I Wayan Regog, and Angels & Demons at Play a re-composition by Conway of a Sun Ra piece.
As part of the Charlotte Street Open Studios Weekend, a performance/workshop will be given at 12:30pm on Saturday March 9 by Studio Residents Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Kansas City’s community Balinese Semaradana gamelan orchestra.
The group will perform traditional and modern Balinese Gamelan music including: Kebyar Ding – a seminal transitional composition from post-colonial Bali; Catur Rawita – a four tone work written for the ensemble by our teacher I Ketút Gedé Asnawa; and original compositions by ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway: Blossoming Dance, a Kreasi Baru Beleganjur and Angels & Demons at Play – a re-composition of a Sun Ra composition. Audience members are invited to play the instruments after the performance; a hands-on-workshop will be available for those interested.
The event will be held in the Black Box Theater on the 6th Floor of Town Pavilion, 1120 Walnut in downtown KCMO; please enter on the Walnut side of the building.
Gamelan Genta Kasturi continues their twice weekly rehearsal schedule at City Center Square, working on bringing new members Alex Smith and Shawn Hansen into the fold. Member Julian Schempf is successfully making the transition to playing the more difficult gangsa parts, having already gotten Joged, Siwa Natha, Puspanjali, Blossoming Dance and Gilak Walipraja under his belt. This is often a hard transition and Julian has handled it with great success. The group has also been learning a Kreasi Baru (new creation) Beleganjur by Patrick Alonzo Conway. Beleganjur is a mobile percussion style that traditionally accompanies cremation rituals and serves to scare off evil spirits from places like crossroads. We are also working on a fall concert at a venue TBA and organizing a 10th Anniversary Concert for early June, hopefully bringing our teacher, I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, and family from Univ of Ill, Urbana-Champaign, to accompany us in a retrospective of traditional Balinese repertoire plus new compositions by various group members. Collaboration with shadow image artist Nihan Yesil is slated for this performance.